A number of West Bromwich Albion fans have taken to Twitter to rejoice in the Express & Star update claiming the Matheus Pereira deal “will be done” despite the postponement of the season.
The Sporting Lisbon winger, who spent last season in the Bundesliga with Nurnberg on loan from the Portuguese giants, was one of the main summer targets at The Hawthorns, with talks having gone on for weeks before the breakthrough (official website).
It took Pereira a few weeks to acclimatise to the English game and get up to full speed, but since then he has put in plenty of high-calibre displays for Albion and, as such, plenty of West Brom fans are desperate for him to finally become a permanent acquisition.
The 23-year-old, whose loan at Albion cost the club £750,000, was in line to make his 30th league start of the season on Saturday, which would have triggered the clause leading to the Baggies paying Sporting £8.25million to make him theirs.
However, the suspension of the top four leagues due to the recent outbreak, along with uncertainty over whether the remaining fixtures can even be fulfilled before the summer, has led to a lot of confusion.
However. Express & Star reporter Joseph Masi sought to reassure West Brom fans, writing in the outlet: “His permanent move to The Hawthorns may have been delayed… but it will still go through.
“And when it does, Albion will have an elite player on their books who is worth five times more than what they paid.”
The reporter elaborated via his personal Twitter account:
A lot of people asking about Matheus Pereira. Albion have always had the right to buy him for £8.25million at any time during his loan. They still have that right. So the fact football is currently suspended won’t affect his loan becoming permanent. It will just delay it. #wba
— Joseph Masi (@JosephMasi_Star) March 13, 2020
And plenty of West Brom fans rejoiced:
Cheers Joe, but why didn’t anybody know this before, the worry thing is the efl and prem do a void##WBA
UP THE ALBION!
— Albion News Gaming (@albion_gaming) March 13, 2020
Finally a bit of sensible clarity to the whole situation, exactly what we knew anyway but the doubters love too moan . He’ll be ours ……move on next story 🙄🙄
— Andy Neale (@Sparra06_) March 13, 2020
Pereira puts the ball on the plate for MAAAASSSSSSIIIIII
— Was @FutbolJamess (@HFCWBA) March 13, 2020
— bobby f (@robbyofsmeth) March 13, 2020
after 45 mins of game 30, which would have been today V Blues, then we are oblidged to by him in any event. He WILL sign for us , dont panic guys
— Carl 1878 🇭🇷💙💚💛 (@baggyboy1878) March 14, 2020
Let’s use the downtime to write the cheque!
— The Beery Moose (@beery_moose) March 13, 2020
Definitely cant loose him ,at least we also will have Grady back for the next game
— Mattyh (@Mattyh82673120) March 14, 2020
And they’d be financially stupid not buying him, given they could probably double or treble that outlay should they wish to sell him at a later date. Jenkins is a lot of things, but not stupid.
— Dick Laurent (@DickLaurent96) March 13, 2020